Origin : Nicaragua
Format : Churchill
Size : 7 1/8 x 48
Wrapper : Mexican San Andreas Maduro
Filler : Nicaraguan
Binder : Mexican
Price : ~$6
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Murcielago cigars are a creation of Eddie Ortega and Erik Espinosa, as well as Don Pepin Garcia. "Murcielago" means "bat" in Spanish, and the band is adorned with an attractive, stylized bat. The Murcielago that I smoked for this review was a classic churchill size; however, I found the length of the cigar to outlast the complexity of the blend.
This is simply a beautiful cigar to behold. The velvety wrapper has invisible seams and no veins, and is covered with a light oily sheen. The band is well designed, and the bat on the band tells you exactly what you're smoking even if you don't understand the Spanish name. The only reason I took off a half star in this category is because the wrapper, which the band proclaims is "capa negra" ("black wrapper"), is really more like a colorado maduro at best; I've smoked other cigars that were much closer to black than this one.
As noted above, the seams were invisible on this cigar. Although the foot looked a little loose, the cigar felt well-rolled throughout and the draw was perfect. The burn was generally straight, but did require two touchups in the second half. The ash was flaky, but held on for about 1.5 inches.
This is was a tough flavor score to give, because the tastes were good but the cigar seemed to outlive its blend. The cigar opened with a blast of pepper and tobacco, with some earth on the retrohale. After a few puffs the pepper died down and was replaced by some leather and wood. Ending the first third, there were hints of fruit, with some bread and cream through the nose. The second third brought mostly earth with a little wood. and the flavors stayed largely unchanged until just before the end when a bit of butter crept in for a puff or two and there was a hint of that maduro sweetness on my lips. The flavors were good, but that fact that they went largely unchanged for nearly two-thirds of the cigar brought the score down to 3.5 stars--a churchill needs to be more dynamic or it will lose the smoker's interest, just like this one lost mine.
This cigar lasted just under two hours, but I probably would have stopped smoking it earlier were it not for the fact that I was smoking it for a review. The opening flavors were great, but there is only limited value in a cigar that settles into a fairly one-dimensional profile.
Overall Rating :
Don't get me wrong, I loved the flavors in this cigar while they were new. It was only once the cigar settled in to a relatively static profile of earth with a little wood for such a long time that I started to lose interest. I would very much like to try this blend in a robusto, which is just a slightly larger RG but takes two inches off the length. I am quite positive that at that length the flavors would really pop and last for the entire cigar.
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